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Lisa O'Kane

It Don't Hurt – 2007 (New Light Entertainment)

Reviewed by Corinne Brown

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CDs by Lisa O'Kane

Can one artist possibly be so many people on one album? Lisa O'Kane has gone beyond her previous sound in new and interpretive ways, full of maturity and sophistication in this rich mix.

Confident, tender, sassy and compelling, the CD from the Californian succeeds in part due to great material (she wrote 3 of the 11 songs) and outstanding backup in the talents of guitar virtuoso Albert Lee, keyboard artist Skip Edwards, bassist Taras Prodanik, Gary Ferguson on drums and harmony vocalist Kenny Edwards.

Nothing rehashed, but music as refreshing as it is diverse. You'll hear pure country in "Ain't Done Nothin'," pure heartbreak in "Give Me This Night," countrified blues in "Misery and Happiness" and boot sliding' honky tonk in "Pay for My Sins," an O'Kane original. "Paper Thin" borrows from the melodies of Russian folk songs.

It seems like the whole history of roots music is expressed in this heartfelt collection, a rare bouquet of musical depth. The only complaint most listeners will have is that the last song leaves you wanting more.